Major CCNY Grant
for Remote Sensing
A consortium of universities led by City
College has just received a $7.5 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration to establish a Center for Remote Sensing
Science and Technology. The funds will support programs
aimed at atmospheric, environmental, and oceanic sciences.
Remote sensing is the art of obtaining information about atmospheric
or environmental phenomena from optical devices placed on
satellite or land-based platforms.
One example of potential remote sensing applications offered by the consortium's director, CCNY engineering professor Reza Khanbilvardi, is the study of optical properties of turbidity, algae, and other suspended inorganic matter in coastal waters. More generally, remote sensing will permit the development of algorithms for satellite sensors monitoring atmospheric gases, clouds, and aerosols.